OMG I'm screwed. My OS is messed up and doesn't work anymore
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what was the command supposed to do? Move something to the present working directory, is my guess, but what? everything or only the lowest directory?
I wonder if you could provide some info on your install.
What was the $PWD?
Can you tell me, what is the installed OS(on the HD)?
Did you do it while running the live cd, or is that a fall-back boot?
you could recover the moved files,
by date stamp, using ls or du commands (look these up, with man or --help) and even konqueror from a gui.
or If you're prepared to wait, a recovery application, like testdisk and photorec, all you need is a free partition of equal size to the partition being recovered. (this could take a while, depending on the size of the disk and speed of hardware etc.)
I hope this gives you something to work on,
Last edited by GlennsPref; 08-16-2008 at 06:36 AM.
mv /*/*/ $pwd will have moved every second-level directory to one big dumping ground $pwd.
Even ignoring any name collisions (/usr/lib/ , /var/lib/ & /opt/lib will have all been dumped to $pwd/lib and intermixed as an example) you're looking at a pretty big mess and it'll be next to impossible to sort it out.
I'm afraid you're most likely looking at a reinstall/restore from backup.
Ouch. Sounds like you're screwed as far as recovering the mess you've created to a working system is concerned. Assuming you are not willing to simply loose all your files I think your best bet is to get hold of a suitably large external harddisk, copy everything on to that, re-install your system then try and go through the files on the external harddisk and find anything you want to keep. Or get a new harddisk, swap it for you current one, install on that and put your current harddisk in an external case so you can look at the files on it.
What was that command supposed to do anyway? What was $pwd supposed to represent? Current working directory is $PWD but I've never seen that used in a mv or cp command because . does the same thing and is much quicker to type.
I'm curious, why did you run this command? I'm not sure if /home on a separate partition is the answer(although good advice). I've never ever put home on a separate partition, and have never had a problem. I think the more important thing here is, when you run terminal commands that you know are going to be moving directories, changing their permissions or structure, etc.. make ABSOLUTE SURE, you're running the command right.
Last edited by IndyGunFreak; 08-16-2008 at 11:10 AM.